How to be less wasteful on Pancake Day

Lemon Skins

A much loved topping for pancakes is sugar and lemon juice. If this is your pancake accompaniment of choice, please avoid putting too many lemon skins into your compost bin, as overfilling it with citrus fruits can make the compost overly acidic. The worms and plants won’t thank you for it. 

Instead, you could grate the peel to use as zesty pieces in future baking, or make candied lemon peel for snacking on / cake-decorating. 

Another tip is to dry the skins to add fragrance to homemade potpourri.  

Overripe Bananas

People are getting more adventurous when it comes to pancake toppings. If you have some brown, spotty bananas in your fruit bowl you could whip up some fluffy pancakes with banana. Slice the bananas into thin rounds for toppings and / or mash some into the batter. Delicious! You could even go stateside and fry up any leftover bacon rashers from your Sunday cooked breakfast as a nice, salty accompaniment to your sweet treat.  


It’s good to think of all the left over foods we can use up when making pancakes and picking the fillings, but what do you do with the left over batter? What if there’s an alternative to wasting it?

Here’s some recipes ideas to help inspire putting the left over batter to good, tasty use before you have to suffer giving up it all up for lent.

Easy Baked Pancake Muffins

Pancakes to-go: you can add anything from chocolate chips to a touch of lemon zest and is ideal for when you’ve got a bowl of pancake batter lying around.

Left over Pancake breakfast sandwich

These go best with bacon, and for those who like the sweet-salty life, could be worth having some dipping syrup on the side. Or chopped up fruit like blueberries and strawberry, to start your day with 1 of your 5!

Pancake cookies

More of a banana and chocolate chip cookie, but a great recipe to make if Tesco had an offer on pancake mix.

Pancake mix brownies

Sub some of that butter for peanut butter and you will not regret it (unless you hate peanut butter)

Mini pancake donuts

Basically, just pancakes in a different form, but make for a great addition to a fondue smorgasbord.

For more inspiration, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website and type pancake recipes into the search facility. Here you’ll find a number of filling and topping ideas for both sweet and savoury pancakes. Enjoy! 

If you have any other reuse or recycling tips please contact us. We would love to hear from you.